Alexandria, Virginia

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Alexandria, Virginia

Introduction to Alexandria, Virginia

Alexandria is a growing city of around 130,000 located in northern Virginia on the Potomac, south of Washington, DC. Originally explored by Captain John Smith in the 1620s, the area was sold to John Alexander for 6,600 pounds of tobacco in 1669. Alexandria became a center for tobacco and later wheat. Today, Alexandria is primarily a residential area. Along with neighboring Arlington, Alexandria is part of a growing Washington metro area that has more than 3 million people. The city offers colonial charm, a pleasant environment, good schools, plenty of parks and easy access to the nation's capital. Alexandria ranked #2 among small cities on Ladies' Home Journal's 2002 list of the "Best Cities for Women".

Alexandria Culture

Alexandria has access to some of the best historical, cultural and entertainment attractions in the country. It has numerous historical and architectural treasures, including the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, a 17-foot bronze statue of the country's first president. Just nine miles away is George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. In adjacent Arlington is the Marine Corps War Memorial, one of the world's largest bronze statues. In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is home to the National Symphony Orchestra. Museums in the nation's capital are truly world class, with the Smithsonian museums alone supplying enough exhibits to occupy several days of viewing. Wolf Trap, located just 12 miles away in Vienna, Virginia, hosts an opera company and popular music concerts throughout the year. If you prefer shopping to highbrow culture, Alexandria is just minutes away from the Tysons Corner Center in McLean, one of the country's largest shopping malls at over 2 million square feet.

Alexandria Sports and Leisure

For spectator sports, Alexandria is just 7 miles from stadiums in Washington, DC. In 2005, major league baseball returned to the nation's capital, with the relocation of the former Montreal Expos franchise to RFK Stadium. The brand-new, 20,000-seat MCI Center in downtown Washington hosts the NBA's Washington Wizards and the NHL's Washington Capitals. East of the city, 86,000-seat Fed Ex Field, the largest stadium in the NFL, is home to the Washington Redskins.

Alexandria Outdoors

Recreational pursuits of all kinds are very accessible from Alexandria. Theodore Roosevelt Island Park is a 91-acre wooded island in the middle of the Potomac that allows fishing, bird watching and hiking along the 2.5 miles of nature trails. Lake Accotink Park, just 6 miles away, and Burke Lake Park, just 12 miles away, are both ideal for fishing, boating and camping. Burke also has volleyball courts, an 18-hole par 3 golf course and a miniature golf course. Fairfax County Trail and Pimmit Run Trail are also nearby. Heading southwest, away from DC, you'll find numerous lakes for fishing and hiking along the Appalachian Trail. To the east are Atlantic Ocean beaches. The DC metro area has dozens of golf courses and is just a 2-hour drive from nationally renowned links at Williamsburg and Providence Forge.

Alexandria at Night

Nightlife options include taking the Arlington Memorial Bridge across the river to the diverse attractions in the nation's capital, or staying within Alexandria, where there is an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars and venues for live music.

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High Points

Alexandria strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Alexandria Well-Paid Single Women
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Alexandria Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Alexandria Well-Paid Single Men
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Alexandria Racial Diversity
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Alexandria College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Alexandria Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Alexandria People in Middle Class or Better
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Alexandria Low Violent Crime
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 15% Alexandria Walking and Biking to Work
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Alexandria Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Alexandria, Virginia

Comparing Alexandria to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Age of the Population 8 2
Racial Diversity 7 10
Female Share of the Population 7 3
Male Share of the Population 4 8
Senior Citizens 3 2
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 2 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
People Above Poverty 9 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 9 8
Walking and Biking to Work 7 9
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 10 10
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 7
Housing Recently Built 5 6
Affordability of Rents 1 1
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 9 3

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Alexandria Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 7 miles SW of Washington, District of Columbia
Standard Zip Codes 22301, 22302, 22303, 22304, 22305, 22306, 22307, 22308, 22309, 22310, 22311, 22312, 22314, 22315, 22331, 22332
P.O. Box Zip Codes 22313, 22320
Company Zip Codes 22321, 22333, 22334, 22336
Phone Area Codes 703
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.79
Longitude -77.08

Alexandria Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 43 F
Apr Temp 46 to 66 F
Jul Temp 70 to 88 F
Oct Temp 50 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.3 inches
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches
Distance 16.8 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 43 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
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Alexandria Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 128,283 100%
Male 61,974 48.3%
Female 66,309 51.7%
Under 18 21,537 16.8%
18+ 106,746 83.2%
65+ 11,605 9%
Median Age 34.4
Average Family Size 2.87
White 76,702 59.8%
African-American 28,915 22.5%
Asian 7,249 5.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 355 0.3%
Other 9,467 7.4%
Mixed Race 5,483 4.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 18,882 14.7%

Estimated Alexandria Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 135,337
Growth 7,054
Growth % 5.5%

Alexandria Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.3%
Irish 8.9%
English 8.5%
German 8%
Italian 4.2%
US/American 3.5%
Ethiopian 2.4%
African 2%
Scottish 1.9%
Polish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
European 1.2%
Russian 1.1%
Ghanian 1%
British 0.8%
Swedish 0.8%
Norwegian 0.8%
Dutch 0.6%
Afghan 0.6%
Somalian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
Hungarian 0.4%
Sudanese 0.4%
Sierra Leonean 0.4%
Iranian 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Arab/Arabic 0.4%
Other Subsaharan African 0.3%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Moroccan 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
Lebanese 0.3%
Jamaican 0.3%
Swiss 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
Austrian 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Turkish 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Nigerian 0.2%
Egyptian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Alexandria 128,283 $67,023
Annandale 54,994 $80,459
Arlington 189,453 $78,877
Burke 57,737 $99,487
Falls Church 10,377 $97,225
McLean 38,929 $137,610
Occoquan 759 $77,420

Alexandria Public Libraries

Alexandria Library
Alexandria, Virginia
(703) 519-5905
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Alexandria Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(703) 504-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(703) 664-7105
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Alexandria

(As of 2005)
510 - 526 King Street
Beacon Mall
6754 Richmond Hwy
Bradlee Center
3690 Q King Street
DCA - Wash Nat'l-Reagan-Level 1
Washington National Airport
2461 Eisenhower Avenue
King & Union
100 S. Union Street
Mark Shops
1462 N. Beauregard St.
North Washington Center
683 N Washington St
6552-B Little River Turnpike
Potomac Yards
3825 C Jefferson Davis Highway
8646 Richmond Hwy
5980 Kingstowne Village Center
Target Skyline T-1893
5115 Leesburg Pike

Wal-mart in Alexandria

(As of 2006)
5800 Kingstowne Blvd
(703) 924-8800
7910 Richmond Highway
(703) 799-8815
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Alexandria High Schools (2004)

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Serves 3,946 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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Serves 2,825 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

Serves 2,112 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

Serves 1,804 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

Serves 1,755 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

A Magnet School.
Serves 1,681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

A Non-traditional School
Serves 518 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

A Non-traditional School

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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

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Christ Church and Fairfax House c1902.

Braddock House between 1910 and 1920

Old Carlyle House between 1900 and 1906

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